How to uninstall Windows 8?

The operating system from Microsoft Windows 8 by no means causes positive emotions among all consumers. She has an unusual interface, which still needs to get used to. But why retrain if the person was completely satisfied with the previous versions? Therefore, many are trying to remove the "eight" and put the old OS, but it turns out that it is not so easy to do.

What is the problem with removing Windows 8?

Unfortunately, Windows 8 is now preinstalled on new PCs and laptops. And the unfortunate “advanced user”, cursing everything, is trying to figure out what he really doesn't want to understand, and he doesn't need to.

It would seem, what's the problem? Take a boot disk with your favorite Windows 7 or XP and reinstall. But it was not there. Windows 8 tightly blocks all attempts to somehow interfere with the installed software. You can add something, install the necessary programs, but change the OS - under any circumstances!

The fact is that for some reason, the developers have built into uBi the uefi boot function - protection against booting from a CD or USB. So, in order to reinstall the system, you need to log into Bios, disable the uefi boot, make changes to the boot sequence, and only then you can start the reinstallation.

Attention! Before starting the reinstallation, find the network and download the drivers for your PC or laptop, taking into account the desired version of Windows. The fact is that for each model of computer and each version of Windows different drivers are required. And those that are installed for Windows 8, will not work for Windows 7, nor for XP. Drivers are best to look for on the official sites of the computer manufacturer.

Removal and installation procedures

  1. Immediately after turning on the computer, press the F2, F5, F8, or F12 key, depending on the brand of computer. The BIOS will open. If you do not know exactly what to press, you will have to reboot several times and look for the desired key.
  2. Select the “Boot” tab. Find the value "Secure Boot", it needs to be changed to "Disabled".
  3. In the item “OS Mode Selection” select “UEFI and Legacy OS”.
  4. Exit BIOS and save changes, i.e. Press "F10" and select "Yes".
  5. Enter the BIOS again, select the “Boot Device Priority” tab.
  6. Here you need to change the boot priority, instead of drive C, select where you have the installation disk. This can be done using the F5 / F6 keys or the Up / Down arrows.
  7. Repeat step 4.
  8. Insert the boot disk and restart the computer.

Next you need to do exactly according to the recommendations of the installation program.If there is no important information on the computer or it is stored somewhere else (Yandex disk, flash drive, etc.), then it is best to format the hard drive and install the new system on a blank disk. But you can just in case and not completely remove Windows 8. Then it will remain in the Windows.old folder or under some other similar name. This will make it possible, if desired, to “roll back” the system back to the pre-installed version

Unfortunately, the description of the actions given above may not be suitable for all computers. Not only is the entrance to the BIOS in different models carried out differently, so also the BIOS itself also looks different in its own way. Therefore, you need to remember the main thing: you need to install "Legacy OS", disable protection by setting "Disabled" and change the boot priority.

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